10 hours Workshop

Raku Summer School

Raku Summer School Workshop – 2 sessions of 5 hours each


– The first session: Pieces Creation for the Raku firing –

– The second session: Raku Firing –



  • In this raku workshop you will be surprised how a simple technique can achieve results of great beauty, even for those who are using it for the first time.
  • Raku firing is a centuries-old ceramic technique. It is characterized by visual effects of great impact, spontaneous and unrepeatable where the dialogue between earth, water, air and fire play the main roles.
  • The term raku is of Japanese origin and means “joy”, “happiness”, “glory of the day” and is closely related to the philosophy of Buddhism – Zen.
  • A technique with great didactic value that allows you to observe, in a few hours, the entire ceramic cycle.

During the first session we will create the pieces with handbuilding techniques or, if we have experience with throwing, we will make them on the potter’s wheel. Then we will learn how to prepare the terra sigillata and we will decorate our pieces with it. This will give them a smooth and satin surface. We will also learn how to prepare the slip for naked raku.


On the second session we will have our pieces already bisqued (at 950 °C). We will prepare them for the raku firing in the vicinity of the kiln, applying them specific glazes or the slip for the naked raku.


We will load the pieces in the kiln and once the temperature reaches approximately 900 – 1000 °C they are removed, in incandescent stage, with the help of tongs and immersed in sawdust where the reduction process takes place.
They are then taken to another metal container with water. We will also do naked raku, decorateion with horse hair, saggar, and decoration with ferric sulfate.
When the piece is cooler, it is cleaned to remove the remains of sawdust stuck to it, and to discover the metallizations and iridescence resulting from the reduction. 


You can enroll in both sessions of the workshop consecutively, or if you already have your own bisque-fired pieces, you can choose to participate only in the second session. In case you do not have your own pieces, we offer the option to purchase those we provide in the studio, at an additional cost. Furthermore, you might be interested in creating your own pieces in our pottery wheel, sculpture, or handbuilding courses, which we have organized well in advance of this activity.


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  • First Workshop Session: Pieces Creation for the Rakú Firing


    Next workshop:

    • 22nd of July

    (Monday – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm)


    Second Workshop Session: Raku Firing


    Next workshop:

    • 31st of July

    (Wednesday – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm)


    Submition deadline:

    up to 7 calendar day before the start of the course*

    * check our booking and cancellation policies here

  • Price

  • Raku firing session 100 € *

    Both sessions 180 € *


    *the price includes:

    – all the materials and tools;

    – the transportation from the train station Gualba to the place where the activity is going to take place;

    *the price does not include:

    – the cost of traveling from your residency place to Gualba;

    – the shipping by mail of your pieces, if needed. The shipping cost will be additional, please consult according to destination.

How are we going to work:

  • Wear comfortable clothing and don’t forget to pack an old shirt with long sleeves in your backpack, as well as long pants and closed shoes to protect yourself from any splashes of fire or hot water;
  • Take protective goggles and mask;
  • We provide you with tongs, gloves and all other necessary containers and materials;
  • Bring a lunch box or a snack as it is a long day and we will take a break for lunch. Water and beverages will be provided by us.


In this link and in this other, you can see images of past workshops that we have carried out in Baix Montseny.

Note that:

  • No previous experience needed
  • The groups are comprised of a minimum of 4 students
  • We provide all the materials and tools that you may need
  • If requested, we also offer the course as an individual class (ask for price and availability)


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